Before & After | Contemporary Barn Renovation

It’s not a secret to anyone that I’m a huge fan of the TV program Fixer Upper and of the renovations Joanna Gaines & Chip (her husband) do. This before & after contemporary barn renovation was so great that I decided to share my insights with you. Also, I’ll give you 3 tips to help you understand what makes it a great design.

My first reaction to Joanna’s ability to merge contemporary and country style is admiration, to a point that my heart wants to melt in front of such a good work. Yeap, you read it correctly, I just went all the way in here by exposing my admiration in a metaphorical language – not shame on that! 🙂

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Inspi-gram. Space That Reflects Beauty and Joy

 

Make sure your spaces reflect the beauty and joy of the nicest season of the year!

Deep Blue in Interior Design

Combining images found online to insert later on my inspirational design board is an activity done on a daily basis. It’s a practice that keeps my inspiration flowing and excited.

Chevron Marble Subway Tiles + Single Copper Cord Set w/Edison Bulb + Blue Wall + Blue Cabinetry + Ocean + Open Cloudy Sky + Spaciousness + Classic + Hydrangeas + Sublime Beauty

By pairing down the room designed around a deep blue theme and the ocean, I enhanced the moodiness and beauty of one another. Hope you enjoy it!
Deep Blue-Interior Design

The Tale of Two…in Design | Two Ghost Bar Stools :: Two Materials

Hey there! Today I wanted to share with you the nugget of knowledge I learned while scouting for some transparent bar stools for a project.

As a designer I have the tendency to do a very in-depth research when choosing almost anything for my work. This obsession, hoarding information,  usually becomes handy when deciding what works best for each case since every interior renovation, architectural design or landscaping requires its own set of specifications- or specs, as we usually refer.

OK, so now let’s get right to the heart of things.

The product I’ve been looking for is: Bar stools for a small apartment I recently finished here in Manhattan (curious? some pictures here).

  • Requisite #1: No more than 26″ height.

>>> Why? for a good fit you need at least 9″ of freedom from your tights (when seated) to the bottom of the countertop. This is what ergonomic design shows as the perfect fit for our body posture. Interesting, isn’t it?! Read more

Trend Spotlight! Industrial Lighting

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5 Important Ways To Respect Water Life in Your Landscape

Water in your Landscape

Water is essential for all living species. The planet is 70% covered by it, and this fact alone had given the fake assumption (to many of us on developed countries- at least) that it was an unlimited resource that could be used in a very indulgent manner. However, each day it’s more obvious that our water resources are limited and should be taken care. One local example, here in the United States, is the drought in California and the multiple new regulations being applied as a result of it,

Our landscapes can be one of the most important areas where to act with responsibility towards an issue, that even if it’s miles away from us, will affect the way we carry life nowadays -again, just check California’s new rules about water use. With this in mind, here are 5 important ways to implement in your landscape designs to respect and conserve such a valuable resource. These 5 points can be followed by designers and homeowners.

#1. Respect natural drainage patterns

As part of creating outdoor spaces you regularly find the need to modify the topography of your land. If this is the case, apply, or request if you’re the client, a plan that considers the way water will navigate in your property. First at all water should run away from your foundation! this is kind of unrelated to this post, but you should know this…

Now back to topic,  if the shape of the land becomes too steep or too leveled, it’ll cause either erosion or poodles and it’ll not maximize the water absorption of the soil. Another example is if too much impermeable material is used in the project, here the amount of runoff water will increase and trigger a lot of unwanted consequences and expenses. Read more

How A Small Laundry Room Was Transformed Into A Sleek Ultra-Efficient Space

“If your laundry room is prettier, it’s more fun to do laundry”.

How can you deny that having beautiful spaces do not affect the way you behave? I can’t imagine you arguing with this…spaces are constantly shaping your (our) behaviors without you noticing it. You should know that us, architects, study the sociology of humans to determine what is the best solution for a particular project, and that’s what makes design interesting! Read more

Help! What is the Best Plant for a Contemporary Home?

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Looking for a stunning option for indoor gardening? The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is a winner.

For the last 3-5 years,  it has become a favorite for indoor spaces. Many people thought it was a trend destined to fade after a couple of years, that hasn’t been the case…yet.

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7 Cool & Modern Planters for Spring | Picks by DMM Studio

 (1) Cilinder Planters with Walnut Stand (2) Element Planter Series (3) Mostera Planter (4) Tapered Wooden Leg Pot (5) Weathered Cast Stone Cube Planters (6) Retro Bullet Planter (7) Foodmap Container

Spring is almost here and I already started to take care of my container plants at home and to scout out the best planters in the market to recommend to clients, friends and anyone who wants to bring some nice green color into their lives.

If you don’t have an outdoor space with soil to grow anything…  Read more

Black and White Moodboard

Monday Inspiration by DMM Studio-NYC

Get inspired with these pictures:

Via: (1) vtwonen.nl (2) Central Park Photo © Dinorah Matias Melendez (3) Residence Magazine (4) Photo © Synne Kristiansen

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We are here to help!